Concerned citizens in Mulanje district led by renowned comedian and politician Bon ‘Winiko’ Kalindo have petitioned government demanding eviction of Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT) within 14 days.
MMCT’s activities have been blamed for degrading the beautiful and one of the biggest mountains in Africa, Mulanje Mountain.
A petition has been signed by Kalindo on behalf of the Mulanje Concerned Citizens has been copied to Minister of Environment and Climate Change, District Commissioner Mulanje and Executive Director for Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust.
Kalindo threatened the grouping would take the law in its hands and stage demonstrations if the Trust is not evicted within 14 days from the day the petition was issued.
“Through your office sir, allow us to petition the government of Malawi and the minister of environment and climate change and management to take heed of our earlier plea to evict MMCT out of this district within a period of 14 days failure which Mulanje concerned citizens will take to the streets and certainly take the law into our hands,” reads the petition in part.
Kalindo argued that they felt cheated since the issue started as government has not shown any interest to resolve the feud between MMCT and Mulanje citizens, or come to the rescue of Mulanje Mountain, which is said to have lost its beauty due to MMCT activities.
“Mulanje Mountain is no longer a tourist attraction as it used to be because of rampant cutting down of trees by some ill-minded MMCT officials who are doing timber business instead of them be on the fore front to protect Mulanje Mountain from destruction.
“Let us state here, we are disappointed with events unfolding and yet we expected government’s intervention way back before this issue gets out of hands as we believe further delay in resolving the matter will only bring tension but will also destroy the very cordial relationship that is there between the government, ministry of environment and climate change, management and Mulanje concerned citizens”.